President Trump said Tuesday he supports the bipartisan health care plan from Sens. Murray and Alexander as a short-term, 1- or 2-year deal, but said the ultimate health care solution is "essentially" the Graham-Cassidy plan.

Trump's quote: "This is a short-term deal because we think that, ultimately, block grants [for the states] are going to be the answer."

Highlights from Trump's press conference with Greece's Prime Minister Tsipras:

  • On Tsipras's comments during Trump's campaign that a Trump presidency would be "evil": The Greek Prime Minister repeated that the two world leaders had a productive meeting. Trump joked, "I wish I'd known that" before my speech ... "A number of countries were nervous" at first.
  • On the markets: "The stock market hit an all-time record high. I hope that Greece is going to be doing the same thing very soon," Trump said.
  • On Greece's defense budget: "I commend Greece for being one of the few NATO countries" spending at least 2% of GDP on defense.

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Trump's Tucker mind-meld

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If you want to understand the rhetorical roots of Trump's Independence Day speech at Mount Rushmore, go back and watch Tucker Carlson's monologues for the past six weeks.

Between the lines: Trump — or rather his speechwriter Stephen Miller — framed the president's opposition to the Black Lives Matter protest movement using the same imagery Carlson has been laying out night after night on Fox.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 6 p.m. ET: 11,366,145 — Total deaths: 532,644 — Total recoveries — 6,154,138Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 6 p.m. ET: 2,874,396 — Total deaths: 129,870 — Total recoveries: 906,763 — Total tested: 35,512,916Map.
  3. States: Photos of America's pandemic July 4 ICU beds in Arizona hot spot near capacity — Houston mayor warns about hospitals
  4. Public health: U.S. coronavirus infections hit record highs for 3 straight days.
  5. Politics: Former Trump official Tom Bossert says face masks “are not enough”
  6. World: Mexican leaders call for tighter border control as infections rise in U.S.
  7. Sports: Sports return stalked by coronavirus
  8. 1 📽 thing: Drive-in movie theaters are making a comeback.

Bolton's hidden aftershocks

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The news media has largely moved on, but foreign government officials remain fixated on John Bolton's memoir, "The Room Where It Happened."

Why it matters: Bolton's detailed inside-the-Oval revelations have raised the blood pressure of allies who were already stressed about President Trump's unreliability.